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#5 Chocolate Trend for 2012: Chocolate For the Health of It

Having a Little Chocolate? Good For You!

This is one of The Food Channel's Top 10 Chocolate Trends for 2012, based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves® and the International Food Futurists®. For the full list, click here.

Chocolate for the Health of It. We’ve had enough of "Death by Chocolate" and over-indulgence (well, it may depend on the day). The point is, if we can garner a few health benefits and eat chocolate at the same time, we’re all about it. There doesn’t seem to be doubt anymore that there are, indeed, some benefits, particularly when we throw in a few nuts and keep our quantity under control. The trend here is in finding new ways to present chocolate as healthy, including mixing it with healthy food for that “Flexible Flux” effect that says, “Give me some good with my bad.”

For evidence, see:

Can Dark Chocolate Keep Off the Holiday Pounds?

Health Benefits of Chocolate Growing

Eat Two Chocolate Bars and Call Me in the Morning

A Chocolate Bar That Holds Back the Hands of Time

Heart Health Benefits of Chocolate Unveiled

10 Health Benefits of Chocolate

Recipe evidence:

Oatmeal with Candy Bar Topping